Microsoft Office not coming to iOS and Android until 2014

Not arriving as soon as was thought
Darren Allan

April 11, 2013
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Microsoft is pushing its Office suite onto iOS and Android, but it won’t be arriving until the middle of next year – or that’s the latest word.

Previous speculation had marked this year down as the time when Microsoft would finally stop ignoring Apple and Google’s giant mobile operating systems – a market it can ill afford to neglect with Office, especially seeing as Windows Phone (or indeed Windows RT) hasn’t made the giant strides Redmond had hoped for.

Indeed, the apps were expected to potentially be released quite soon.

However, a leaked roadmap shows that they won’t arrive on iOS/Android smartphones and tablets (well, presumably smartphones as well as tablets – particularly given the phablet craze) until the autumn of next year. This is according to ZDNet’s source.

ZDNet also notes that these apps may be tied to an Office 365 subscription – that would seem an obvious tactic for Microsoft to adopt – although the roadmap itself doesn’t mention that.

Office is of course the heavyweight of the productivity world, and much awaited on these mobile platforms – though it isn’t as if they’re without alternatives in the meantime.

Apple of course has its iWork suite, and on Android there are the likes of Officesuite Pro, Documents To Go, QuickOffice Pro, and of course Google Docs if you don’t mind going cloudy.






 

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  1. Qiana Welsch says:

    Microsoft Office documents store results of many hours, days or even years of work of practically all office employees and most people who use their computers at home. Microsoft Word dominates the market of word processors, and most if not all documents are stored in RTF and its proprietary DOC formats. Microsoft Excel and its XLS file format dominate spreadsheet market. Most presentations are created in Microsoft PowerPoint and stored in PPT files, and most charts and drawings are drawn in Microsoft Visio and saved as VSD files. Combined, files in these formats occupy significant space on the users’ hard drives, and represent hours and hours of work, much more than any other file format. ;”.:

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